Metallica To Rock New Year In Vegas

Metallica will ring in 2004 with a concert at the Joint in Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel.

Metallica will ring in 2004 with a concert at the Joint in Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel. Tickets for the show, announced on the band's official Web site, will go on sale Saturday (Sept. 27) via Ticketmaster and the venue's box office. Members of the band's Met Club fan organization will have pre-sale access to tickets.

The setting will be much more intimate than most fans of the arena-level band are used to, as the Joint has a maximum capacity of 1,500. But it could be part of a trend for Metallica, who played New York's 500-capacity Bowery Ballroom last month, one night after the MTV Video Music Awards.

In late October the band will launch a round of international touring with dates in South America, Japan and Europe through the end of the year. In between the Japanese and European dates, Metallica will perform Nov. 16 during the 31st annual American Music Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles.

As previously reported, the group is also on board for Australia's Big Day Out tour in January and will also play a few headlining shows while on the continent.

The band is touring in support of its latest Elektra album "St. Anger." Released in June, the set debuted at No. 1on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.4 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In other news, James Hetfield's restored 1967 Chevrolet Camaro is up for online auction on eBay. The vocalist/guitarist -- who has owned the car since it was used in the video for the band's single "I Disappear" from 2000's "Mission: Impossible 2" soundtrack -- gives a full rundown of the vehicle's pros and cons in the auction description. "No interior, no back seat, no stereo, no carpet, no frills. Some gauges work," he says.

"Great motor, est. 320 HP, top speed of 120mph. Put about 1,000 miles on it. One previous owner that I know of," he adds. "Proceeds will be donated to different music schools across the USA."